Last week in Dublin proved to be a busy and all important week in the Irish and international travel calendar as the annual Meitheal Irish Travel Trade Fair kicked off. Hundreds of travel industry representatives from industry areas such as Ireland vacations and abroad arrived in the capital for this annual two day travel trade workshop which took place in Hall 1 in the RDS Dublin on Tuesday 17th – Wednesday 18th April. Organised by Tourism Ireland in conjunction with Failte Ireland Meitheal is one of the biggest events of the Irish tourism calendar.
This years running of the event saw over 310 tour operators from over 18 countries meet with over 600 Irish accommodation and activity providers as well as promoters of Irish attractions for the two days. It proved to be the perfect opportunity for people working in the travel industry throughout Ireland and abroad to meet up and exchange ideas, give and receive feedback and make those all-important contacts.
The Travel Trade Fair proved to be very informative and an optimistic showcase for the Irish travel industry with hints at a further resurgence for our industry. Feedback coming from the majority of the international travel representatives was very positive with many impressed by Ireland as a holiday destination. With its attractions, the warmth of its people and the quality services and products available and the increasing value for money being cited as major reasons to visit. Overall Meitheal proved to be a welcoming event for our industry.